'Caroline was the victim of a senseless, mindless and cruel accident'
The mother-of-one who was killed in a hit-and-run on Davitt Road last Friday was today remembered as a generous person full of vitality, with a beautiful smile and a sparkle in her eye.
Caroline Watkins (40), from Lally Road, in Ballyfermot, was struck as she crossed the road near the Golden Bridge Luas stop in Inchicore.
The car ploughed into her and she struck the windscreen before landing on the road at around 10.30pm last Friday May 30.
Witnesses then saw the car drive away from the scene in the direction of the busy N7 Naas road.
Caroline was taken to St James’s Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
The priest at her funeral mass, Fr Stan Millet, said Caroline was “cut off in the prime of her life, the victim of a senseless, mindless and cruel accident”.
He also told mourners that when Caroline was a baby she was diagnosed with spina bifida, but that after a visit to Lourdes she baffled doctors when her condition was apparently cured.
“When she came back doctors said they didn’t know anything about miracles, but doctors said that Caroline, who was medically diagnosed with spina bifida was no longer a spina bifida child,” said Fr Millet.
“The family told me that without any exaggeration, without sensationalism, and without making any claims,” he added.
The church of Our Lady of the Assumption in Ballyfermot was full this morning as family, friends, neighbours and colleagues came to console Caroline’s family, including her mother Ethel, daughter Ella, siblings Robert, Fiona and Gerard, and boyfriend Ray.
Gifts brought to the altar to celebrate her life included a photograph, a Liverpool football, and some sweets and drinks that she used to stock vending machines as her job.
A card read out at the end of the mass, from a former classmate of Caroline, spoke of how she was always smiling and great fun to be with.
“I don’t think I ever saw anyone smile as much as Caroline,” the card read.
“I always wanted to have lunch with Caroline, because you were always sure you’d have a laugh. She was so inclusive of everybody,” it added.
Children from St Patrick’s NS in Chapelizod, where Ella is a pupil, formed a guard of honour as Caroline’s remains were brought to the church. After the funeral Mass Caroline’s coffin was brought to Palmerstown cemetery for burial.